2013 Daytona Bike Week. Indian Motorcycle Activities.

floydmd1- The All-New Indian Motorcycle Engine Reveal – Saturday, March 9, 9 p.m., Dirty Harry’s Pub, 705 Main St. The long-awaited, completely new Indian Motorcycle engine will make its debut to members of the press and motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world. A special unveiling event will be held on Saturday, March 9 at 9 p.m. EST at Dirty Harry’s Pub on Main Street in the heart of Daytona Beach. Special celebrity guest Mike Wolfe, host of HISTORY Channel’s “American Pickers” series and diehard Indian Motorcycle fan, will be on-hand to join the celebration. No tickets are required for this chance to take part in history, but a fully charged camera is highly recommended. Expect some surprises…

2- Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle: Daytona International Speedway “Indian Motorcycle Spring Dash” – Saturday, March 16. To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the dominating Daytona 200 beach race victory by Floyd Emde on a 1948 Indian Big Base Scout, Indian Motorcycle will be the title sponsor of the Daytona International Speedway Spring Dash on March 16, 2013. Floyd’s son Don also won the fabled Daytona 200, and in homage to his father’s tenacious flag-to-flag win on the original beach course Don built a tribute motorcycle to replicate the bike his father would have had on the starting line in 1948. This rare Big Base Scout will be at the Indian Motorcycle display at the Daytona Speedway and will lead the Spring Dash event on March 16 with Don Emde at the controls.

floydmdbis3- In the celebration of this legendary anniversary, Indian Motorcycle will give away chances to make every motorcyclist’s dream come true — an opportunity to ride their bike around the Speedway. Starting Wednesday, March 13, visit the Indian Motorcycle Store at 506 Main Street or the Indian Motorcycle display at Daytona Motor Speedway for more information and to enter for a chance to participate (1 pass per motorcycle is required / approximately 400 passes available).

JessicaWardwell4- Indian Motorcycle @ Daytona International Speedway (Turn 4) – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Visit the Indian Motorcycle Experience display at the Speedway every day throughout Daytona Bike Week for a chance to hear all the latest news, see the iconic Floyd Emde Big Base Scout tribute race bike, get inspired by an up-close look at the all-new engine starting Sunday, March 10 and check out the full line of 2013 Indian Motorcycle models including the stunning 2013 Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition.

5- Indian Motorcycle Main Street Store – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, 506 Main Street. This Indian Motorcycle hub offers a chance to get up close with a specially created cutaway display of the all-new Indian Motorcycle engine starting Sunday, March 10. Visitors here can also enter to win admission to the “Indian Motorcycle Spring Dash” and walk away with a free, customizable premium item. A full collection of authentic apparel will be available for sale.

6- “Destination Daytona” – 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily, Ormond Beach. Celebrating the pride of engineering and heritage, this site offers a display facilitated by the National Motorcycle Museum featuring vintage Indian Motorcycle engines and complete motorcycles including a 1927 Indian Scout and a rare 1913 Indian Twin. Additionally, Destination Daytona includes a custom display showcasing the awesome new Indian Motorcycle engine. Limited edition Indian Motorcycle/Daytona Bike Week 2013 t-shirts will also be on sale. (picture Mike Wolfe @Jessica Wardell)

18 Responses to “2013 Daytona Bike Week. Indian Motorcycle Activities.”

  1. 1 GuitarSlinger Mar 6th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Celebrations , engine reveals , Indian Disneyland displays , Indian retail , contests …. ahhhhh…… Once again Indian …. enough of the Dog& Pony shows ….. where’s the goram motorcycles ?

    Gotta say .. even if I were considering purchasing an Indian … by now what with all of Indian’s hoo haa , hype&hyperbole etc I’d be so disgusted I’d of bought something else .

  2. 2 BobS Mar 6th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Don’t fret GS I hear Indian is bringing on Kevin and Mona Aslop as design consultants so you can tell how we should all be patient and enjoy the wonder that is sure to come. After all Indian deserves a second chance too right?Lol

  3. 3 tree Mar 6th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I am really curious to see how much (if any) of the new v-twin is borrowed from the victory line. I am really hoping for a clean sheet, non-unitized, air cooled design. With the one piece crank previously seen, and a modern cylinder head design that breathes pretty well- making decent power should be pretty easy (even if it doesn’t factory trim). Here’s to hoping….

  4. 4 GuitarSlinger Mar 6th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    BobS – That was a good one and I’m still having a good laugh …. at my expense 😉

    So lets just say Indian has already had their Second Chance ( and a third … and a Fourth ) and time has run out on their clock to produce …. regardless of the owner etc .

    Still chuckling btw !

  5. 5 Rodent Mar 6th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    We can only hope that the new Indian is as good looking as the Kawasaki Drifter

  6. 6 Doug Mar 6th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Polaris is missing a big opportunity with this anniversary by not sponsoring some part of the actual 200 instead of a “dash” after the race. Not a very fitting tribute to Floyd Emde at all. Cheesy, actually. Meanwhile Triumph is coming off of an incredible finish at last year’s 200. Triumph shows you can go racing against the Japanese. indian’s heritage started with racing loooonng before skirted fenders. Watch the entertaining finish below.

    Guitar Slinger – your repetitive responses to Polaris’ marketing techniques are way more annoying

    What’s the big deal about the American Picker dude? He’s an Indian fan like thousands of others and his “celebrity” status has no direct correlation to make him more of an Indian authority, unless I’m missing something?


  7. 7 CafeSportyTC Mar 6th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I can only hope that the skirted fender is a thing of the past……..

  8. 8 HarleyNutNot Mar 7th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I can only hope that the skirted fender is NOT a thing of the past ! Long Live Americas first V twin!

  9. 9 Pat Simmons Mar 7th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I’m not sure why there are no comments from motorcycle enthusiasts regarding Polaris’ (a legitimate manufacturer) attempts to bring Indian back to the marketplace. I always hear so many opinions about the state of the economy and whose fault it is, in this column. Now I hear all these negative comments about a product that could be good for the motorcycle industry, before it’s even been introduced. It reminds me of congress’ attempts to kill any bill brought forth that might help the economy, in order to make the other party look bad. We need new and compelling products in the marketplace to invigorate the industry, and the country. I encourage readers to give this a chance. Indian has been an iconic brand, and it’s to Polaris credit that they are attempting to breathe life back into this great old company. Anyone who truly loves motorcycles should want them to be successful.

  10. 10 Robert Pandya Mar 7th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for the positive comments Pat – I think you get that we are trying to show off as much as we can as quickly as possible. Revealing a clean-sheet engine design in just 2 years since acquiring the Indian Motorcycle brand has been lots of work, and you are right in believing that Polaris Industries is backing the brand like it have never been done before.

    As I have said before, not matter what we build there will be people who hate it, love it, want it, and try to ignore what we are doing. Our decision to start lifting the curtain on the hard work from our engineers and designers starting only with the engine comes from the simple fact that that is how a modern motorcycle is designed – from the motor out. The whole bike will appear towards the end of the year.

    Thanks and have a cool week – see y’all in Daytona.

    Robert Pandya
    External Relations Manager
    Indian Motorcycle

  11. 11 Rodent Mar 7th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Just build it and show it, not a part at a time!

  12. 12 Doug Mar 7th, 2013 at 3:24 pm


    re: “We need new and compelling products in the marketplace to invigorate the industry, and the country”

    How much is another heavy weight cruiser powered by an air-cooled twin backed up by marketing that copies much of HD going to be “compelling to invigorate” ?

    Sure, grab a healthy chunk of HD’s vintage cash cow market share with a competitively-priced Chief but show signs that Indian will also innovate. The baby boom generation of cruisers probably will not be replaced with the same amount of people wanting 700+ lb bikes, especially since many of that generation has performance bike experience now. Meanwhile, there still is not a mass-produced performance bike made in the USA or a mass produced Sport Tourer made in the USA.

    Those categories are competitive but the potential is right in line with Indian’s past just as much as the nostalgic Chief due to Indian’s history of innovation & racing. Triumph is proving you can capitalize on vintage heritage while also manufacturing contemporary machines that are successful on the street & track. (Check out that phenomenal race link above of last year’s 200)

    HD & Indian’s history has a variety of powertrain diversity like Triumph, but which company’s demographic is better suited to build upon that diversity? Not HD, considering recent history with the Revo motor and treatment of Buell by the corp management & many dealers. Polaris is already capable of manufacturing performance snow sleds.

    So, the above comments are not all negative, but very hopeful Indian’s complete history is followed through while not following HD’s every move.

  13. 13 Doug Mar 7th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    ….you could add BMW along with Triumph if BMW ever made a nostalgic cruiser with their boxer (which would sell well against the same vintage market HD & Indian compete in)

  14. 14 CafeSportyTC Mar 7th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    i hope my comment wasn’t taken as mean spirited, i hope the company does well, i just am tired of every Indian revamp comes with a damned chief with skirted fenders…. do something that honors indian’s heritage instead of slapping skirts on a softail and calling it good. just venting sorry

  15. 15 courtney Mar 8th, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Just a few things….

    First, Mike Wolfe is cool, much more so than myself admittedly. However, Mike Wolfe posing in the weeds (multiple times) just outside a hunerd year old barn complete with antique Indian motorcycles that existed before many of our parents were born in an effort to promote Brand New Indian bikes that are mere cousins of Polaris Victory bikes… not cool.

    Second, given Indian’s crazy and ridiculous (some may say tragic) history, Polaris’ marketing approach of gradual teasing, hype, and gradual unveiling is at least 15 years too late to mean anything to many of us who’ve hoped upon hope for half, if not our entire lives, for an Indian comeback only to witness the marquee dragged through the mud time after time after time since shortly after WWII no less. Let’s just call it BS fatigue.

    Third, I personally wish Polaris and Victory the best. I don’t, however, wish the best for a brand new bike that is clearly a cousin of Victory, with no relation to Indian at all, yet is being labeled Indian anyway. Instead, it should be called a Victory brand, Indian tribute edition.

    That’s just me, and others are free to disagree! 🙂

  16. 16 Sonny Mar 8th, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Courtney. 1- would like you to explain to us how you can relaunch the Indian brand without building a brand new bike?!? 2- Indian Motorcycles is reading Cyril’s news and the comments. They commented themselves several times that the new Indian and Victory will not share any parts. What bothers you? That both brands belong to the same company? Nobody cares. Teams working on Victory & Indian are also different.

  17. 17 Dale Mar 9th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    That new Thunder Stroke 111 engine is a masterpiece.

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